Johnny Clegg backing vocalist Bongani Masuku killed during robbery


Musician Johnny Clegg has expressed sadness and shock after Bongani Masuku - one of his backing vocalists - was killed in Troyeville, Johannesburg.

​One of Johnny Clegg's backing vocalists has been shot and killed during a robbery in Troyeville. (Gallo)

One of Johnny Clegg’s backing vocalists has been shot and killed during a robbery in Troyeville, Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Bongani Masuku was killed on Saturday night in Princess street, said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale. Four men approached Masuku as he was parking his car and demanded a cellphone and his car keys at gun point. Mogale said the struggle ensued and one of the men shot him several times. 

The men then got into a minibus and sped off. “The deceased then managed to drive himself to a nearby fire station where he collapsed and died.” 

Police were investigating a case of murder. 

On his official website, Clegg said they were shocked and saddened by Masuku’s killing. “We will miss him deeply and we extend our heart felt condolences to his family and all who knew him.” 

Clegg described him as a stalwart performer, a hard-working musician and a good friend. Masuku began working with Clegg in 1992. – Sapa

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